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[[caption-width-right:350: WARNING: [[CoversAlwaysLie May contain less defacing and burning hands than advertised.]] The "No one seated the last ten minutes" part is true, though. They had all left.]]

'''''"Manos": The Hands of Fate''''', a low-budget 1966 horror film, will go down in history as [[WorstWhateverEver one of the worst films ever made]].

Mike and Margaret, along with their daughter Debbie and the family dog, find themselves lost on the way to Valley Lodge during their family vacation. As night begins to fall, they decide to spend the night in a [[HauntedCastle strange-looking house]] on the side of the road. Torgo, the house's caretaker, greets them upon their arrival. Torgo [=sPeAkS wItH aN oDd EmPhAsIs=], has extremely bulgy legs (a failed attempt by the filmmaker at making Torgo a satyr), and continuously refers to "The Master" -- the undead leader of a cult dedicated to a dark god known only as Manos. The Master, Torgo, and The Master's conclave of wives want to kill the intruders, but can't come to an agreement as to who to kill: Torgo wants to keep Margaret alive as his wife, The Master wants to keep Margaret alive as ''his'' (seventh) wife, and the wives want to kill both Margaret and Mike (but refuse to kill Debbie, which leads to them fighting amongst themselves). As the night continues, Mike and his family find themselves in great danger -- and they eventually come face-to-face with The Master himself...

Texas native Hal P. Warren (who would become a fertilizer salesman later in life) pulled triple duty by writing, directing, and starring in ''Manos''. Warren wanted to win a bet with Stirling Silliphant (screenwriter of ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' and a genuinely talented fellow) by making a successful horror movie on a shoestring budget. (Desert heat can do strange things to a man.) Without any previous movie-making experience, Warren soon found himself in over his head -- but he decided to press on with a bare-bones Bell & Howell camera, a lack of remote sound equipment, and a cast composed mainly of non-actors and local extras. The finished film provoked laughs instead of chills at its first screening in Warren's hometown of El Paso; Warren himself (demonstrating eerie prescience) suggested after the screening that someone could GagDub the film and re-release it [[HilariousInHindsight as a comedy]].

The film languished in obscurity for thirty years until the producers of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' discovered it; the ''[=MST3K=]'' episode that featured the film proved Warren's suggestion right -- and became one of the show's most famous (and beloved) episodes. For tropes related to the ''[=MST3K=]'' episode itself, please visit [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E24ManosTheHandsOfFate its Recap page]].

For more laughs at the film's expense, check out Website/TheAgonyBooth's [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/_Manos__The_Hands_of_Fate_1966.aspx recap]] or I-Mockery's [[http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/manos/ review]]. ''Manos'' also spawned three major fan works: a [[http://rpgmaker.net/games/2607/ computer game adaptation]] of the film, a [[http://acidocinza.wordpress.com/manos-the-revenge-of-torgo/ crossover]] with ''{{Splatterhouse}}'', and a {{Retraux}} [[http://freakzonegames.tumblr.com/ NES platformer]].

Thanks to its popularity post-''[=MST3K=]'', ''Manos'' spawned a 2007 musical (''Manos: Rock Opera of Fate'', performed in Chicago) and a 2004 documentary (''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0422433/ Hotel Torgo]]''). RiffTrax performed a live riffing of the film in August 2012, [[http://www.rifftrax.com/vod/rifftrax-live-manos-hands-fate which you can purchase as a VOD.]]

In 2011, film buff Ben Solovey bought a host of old film reels hailing from distributor Emerson Films via an [=eBay=] auction, partially because he saw ''Manos'' listed on the collection of reels. That ''Manos''' reel ended up surprising Solovey when he received it, because [[http://manosinhd.com he'd actually bought the film's original 16mm workprint]]. Solovey established a {{Kickstarter}} [[http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1325482813/manos-the-restoration campaign]] to help fund a complete high-definition restoration of the movie from the pristine-condition workprint; by the campaign's end, Solovey raised almost 400% more than the initial goal. A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uae58589aec side-by-side comparison]] of the restoration illustrates the dramatic difference between the restored version helmed by Solovey and the currently-available DVD release (created from third-generation sources and degraded beyond repair).

A sequel, ''Manos: the Search for Valley Lodge'' [[http://fangoria.com/index.php/moviestv/fearful-features/6302-manos-returns-exclusive-photos-video-etc was reportedly in production]] sometime in 2013; the crew supposedly filmed in El Paso and used ''much of the original cast''.

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!! ''Manos: The Hands of Fate'' contains Master-approved examples of the following tropes:

* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: [=ToRgO dOeS tHiS, nAtUrAlLy.=]
* AmateurCast
* AndIMustScream: With a healthy dollop of {{Squick}}:
-->'''The Master:''' ''(to Torgo)'' I know of your visits to the tomb... The women have told me. They may not be able say anything, or move when you're there... but they remember everything you say to them... everything you ''do'' to them.
* AngryGuardDog: The one that later eats Peppy is one of these.
* AndYourLittleDogToo: Peppy
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: This was presumably behind the naming of the cult's god; the Spanish word for "hands" is "manos".
* AwkwardSilence / HeldGaze: To the point of {{Padding}}.
-->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Joel Robinson]]:''' '''''DO SOMETHING!''''' Gawd!
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:The Master gets the two protagonists -- [[AndYourLittleDogToo and their little dog too]].]]
* BattleHarem: The Master has a harem of wives who are ready to fight for him -- and fight each other.
* BigBad: The Master
* BilingualBonus: "Manos" is Spanish for "hands", which means the movie's title literally translates to ''Hands: The Hands of Fate'' -- or, perhaps, ''Hands: Las Manos del Destino''.
* BodyMotifs: Hands, of course.
* BrokenRecord: Torgo in particular, but everybody falls under this trope. But, really, Torgo in particular.
* BumblingDad: Mike
* TheCastShowOff: Tom Neyman was an artist; the proof is in The Master's portrait, which he painted.
* CatchPhrase: "[=ThE mAsTeR wOuLd NoT aPpRoVe=]."
* {{Catfight}}: After the wives try to decide on what to do about Debbie, they get into one of these, which was presumably intended as a form of {{Fanservice}}.
* CentralTheme: The Master's cult has a bizarre fixation on hands. As explained above, "manos" means "hands" in Spanish, but beyond this fact, the connection is never explained.
** There's a lot of focus on Torgo's hands as he awkwardly tries to grasp and paw at various women throughout the film. One of his hands is taken as punishment for his transgressions; this, combined with The Master having so many wives, suggests hands may equate to a form of possession. The Master possesses the entire family by the end of the film. [[GoneMadFromTheRevelation …Sweet Odin's Raven, does this movie make sense now?!]]
** The staff Torgo carries around has a hand on it, as well.
* ChestInsignia: The Master has a black robe with a big pair of red hands on it. It's an interesting effect, since it's not obvious they're hands until he spreads his arms out, but it gets old quick.
-->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Crow]]:''' Oh, I wish those hands would just ''push him over''.
* ClosedCircle: The characters are unable to leave, because Mike is lost, his car won't start, and his family wouldn't be up for a long overland hike even if they did know where they were going.
* {{Corpsing}}: Almost literally! One of the comatose wives can be seen smirking at Torgo's antics in the HD version.
* CrustyCaretaker: Torgo is one of these. [[spoiler:Mike presumably takes his place in the ending.]]
* {{Cult}}
** Finally, a cult movie that is a cult movie!
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Certain words and phrases tend to be repeated. Certain words and phrases get repeated.
** There's also the title itself; "manos" is Spanish for "hands", translating to ''"Hands" The Hands of Fate''. Or ''"Manos", las Manos del Destino'' in Spanish.
** Torgo's frequently repeated line about how the Master would not approve of '''anything''' counts, too.
** There is no DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment. The Master would not approve. There is no way out of here. The Master would not approve. There is no DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment. It will be dark soon. [[OverlyLongGag There is no way out of here]].
--->'''Torgo:''' There is no way out of here. It'll be dark soon. There is no way out of here.
** One character even appears to ''contradict herself'' with this redundancy! The following quote is, more or less, one sentence thanks to the actress' delivery. (The problem seems to be that the same actress was dubbing two separate voices; see the TalkingToHimself entry below.)
---> '''Bride Of Manos''': The woman is all we want. The others must die. They ALL must die. We do not even want the woman.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: The Master's wives are all barefoot.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The Master wins. See TheBadGuyWins entry above for more info.]]
* DullSurprise: Mike, Margaret, and some of the wives all practice this trope at times.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: The Master and some of his wives fall under this trope.
* TheEndOrIsIt: "THE END?"
* EvilLaugh: The Master is an altogether cheery guy.
* FanserviceFauxFight: The only reason for the nightgown-clad Wives of Manos wrestling-fight scene (to jazz music) seems to be fan service. It has nothing to do with anything else in the movie.
* GratuitousSpanish: "Manos", of course.
* HeelFaceTurn: Torgo, though he really shouldn't have informed the Master of his intentions.
* HellHotel: The Master's home is more like a Hell House, but it still counts.
* {{Hellhound}}: Well, the dog is '''supposed''' to be one. While he barks up quite a storm off-screen, he's very docile on-screen. See the RealLifeRelative entry on the Trivia tab for more info.
* HereWeGoAgain: The movie starts with Mike and Margaret and their daughter Debbie arriving at a dilapidated motel, where they encounter an odd man who greets them saying "[[AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle I aM TORgo. I Take CARe oF THe pLaCE whILE the MASTer is awAY]].". At the end, [[spoiler:another couple arrives, but are greeted by Mike who says "I am Michael. I take care of the place while the master is away.".]]
* HongKongDub: ''All'' of the voices in the film were performed by five actors (four males and one female), as the film was shot entirely without sound and the dialogue was added in post-production. For some reason, they still used a clapboard (which is visible in a few shots). The little girl who played Debbie allegedly cried when she heard how she sounded in the movie.
* TheIgor: Torgo was originally planned to be called Igor.
* ImmuneToBullets: It seems guns are on the list of devices the Master does not approve of, given that bullets evidently don't harm him. For that matter, [[BulletDodgesYou they don't even seem to]] ''[[BulletDodgesYou hit]]'' [[BulletDodgesYou him]].
* InfantImmortality: Half of The Master's wives refuse to kill a child.
* InformedAttribute: People who knew them insist that John Reynolds (Torgo) and Tom Neyman (The Master) were very talented actors. This isn't evident in the movie, due mostly to the almost complete lack of direction from Hal P. Warren, and the fact that they were dubbed over.
* {{Jerkass}}: Mike is an unbelievably callous guest.
* LaughablyEvil: All of the villains fall under this trope.
* LargeHam: Tom Neyman ''tries'' to be this while playing The Master, but whoever dubs over him doesn't have the voice to pull it off right.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Technically averted. Several scenes drag on to the point of distraction, but no single shot is longer than thirty-two seconds, due to the technical limitations of the camera Warren used.
** Though watching Torgo take 31 seconds just to get up can seem like an eternity.
** Two scenes (where Torgo is dragging Mike to tie him up after knocking him out and where Torgo stands up after being woken by the Master) last longer than the 32 seconds due to the camera being stationary and with a auto-winding device mounted on it.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The "haunting" Torgo theme serves as this for Torgo (of course).
* LoopingLines: The movie was shot using a silent camera, so Warren and another woman dubbed all the lines.
* LovableSexManiac: Torgo again. He's the only character with any personality, really.
* MadnessMantra: Torgo's speech pattern can be interpreted as this.
* MakeOutKids: A couple who falls under this trope is in the film for absolutely no reason (the actress broke her leg and couldn't play her original role as one of the Master's wives, and the go-nowhere subplot was an excuse to keep her employed).
* MakeOutPoint: There's one of these on the road to the Master's house.
* TheMaster: This one is self-explanatory.
* NegativeContinuity: This is done, unintentionally, from scene to scene.
* NeutralFemale: Margaret. Though, thanks to either Mike being rock stupid or the house (as it is implied) having the power to render noise inaudible to those outside (or both), she still takes action and slaps Torgo.
* NiceHat: Torgo's hat is pretty nice.
* NightmareFace: When the kissing teen asks, "What don't you just leave us alone?", she then mugs for a few seconds in a bizarre, almost frightening, way. It's striking when watching the remastered version with no theater seats in front.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: Torgo. He's supposed to be a satyr (a man-goat hybrid from GreekMythology), but he doesn't look it.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Least we think they're vampires, or at least something like them considering the bad guy is called "The Master", considered undead and has "wivies" which are traits from vampire stories.
* PoliceAreUseless: Most of the local deputies' time is spent bothering a couple who can't keep their lips off of each other. They show up again after Mike fires the gun, get out and walk in front of their car, then turn around and leave. (Warren and his crew didn't have enough lighting for a pan scene.)
* PornStache: The Master has one of these.
* RedRightHand: Torgo was supposed to be evocative of a satyr by having goat-legs and a bleating voice. It didn't pan out too well in execution.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: The Master's robes.
* SceneryPorn: This is attempted with the opening sequence, but bits of footage are repeated and, unfortunately, the El Paso countryside -- while not unpleasant -- isn't exactly a ''paragon'' of unparalleled natural beauty. (The muddy 16mm-to-35mm film transfer didn't help, either.)
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: The film ends with Margaret and Debbie in suspended animation in the desert. Two young college girls arrive at the house and are greeted by the new caretaker, Mike. Torgo might be dead, but his death was never shown onscreen.]]
* SoundtrackDissonance: The happy jazz music playing at the beginning and end, and ''especially'' the song played over the credits, would be far more appropriate for a GlamorousWartimeSinger.
* StillWearingTheOldColors: Torgo's costume is supposed to look like a Confederate uniform to suggest this trope, but it doesn't work (even in the restored version).
* SycophanticServant: Torgo
* ThoseTwoGuys: "The Make-Out Couple" and the two sheriffs have no relevance to the rest of the film. The couple was used because the actress broke her leg early in production; she was intended to be one of the wives, so they worked her into her own, pointless subplot.
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Manos'''! God of primal darkness! As thou hast decreed, so have I done. '''The hands of fate''' have doomed this man. Thy will is done!
* TooDumbToLive:
** Mike insists on staying at the house despite the protests of the mysterious satyr man who calls his boss "the Master"; after things go predictably wrong, he suggests they go ''back'' to hide from them while they're all looking.
** Margaret may be even stupider. She clearly notices everything that's going wrong but does nothing about it as if she is completely dependent on Mike to do everything for her. Considering how she constantly [[ScreamingWoman flies off the handle at the slightest inconvience or problem]] this may just be the case.
* TheUnintelligible: Debbie, unintentionally.
--> [[Website/TheAgonyBooth "From the sound of things, all of Debbie's dialogue was recorded using the sound system from a fast food drive-thru."]]
* VerbalTic: [=ToRgO (pause) TAlks (pause) LIkes thIS.=]
* VillainProtagonist: Torgo is a scumbag but he's probably the closest thing to a hero the movie has.
* VocalDissonance: Debbie was a little girl dubbed over by an adult woman trying to sound like a little girl. Jackey Neyman said she cried when she heard how awful her dubbed voiced sounded.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse / WhatCouldHaveBeen: It's ambiguous whether or not Torgo survives; Warren intentionally left his fate ambiguous, as he planned to film a sequel (which was never produced) starring Torgo.
* WifeHusbandry: "The child is a female! She must not be destroyed. She will grow up to be a woman!"
-->'''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Joel]]''': Oh, so ''that's'' how it works!
-->'''[[Podcast/{{RiffTrax}} Bill Corbett]]:''' Hey, it's still not as creepy as ''Series/ToddlersAndTiaras''.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: The Master's rants fall into this trope.
* YouHaveFailedMe: When the Master catches Torgo getting grabby with his brides once too many times, he prepares to sacrifice Torgo to Manos. [[spoiler:This doesn't pan out, as Torgo survives losing his hand.]]

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->'''THE END?'''